AT&T Rolls Out FamilyMap iPhone Application

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    AT&T today announced the release of AT&T FamilyMap, a new iPhone application that integrates with the company's existing FamilyMap service to allow families to keep track of each other while on the go.

    The FamilyMap service is priced at $9.99 per month for two phones or $14.99 per month for up to five phones charged to the customer's AT&T bill. The iPhone application carries no additional charge beyond the monthly subscription.

    Features offered in the service include the ability to view each phone's whereabouts on an interactive map, as well as the ability to label frequently-visited locations on the maps for easy reference. The application also offers on-demand locating, integrated messaging via e-mail, SMS, and voice, and automated checks to see if a family member is on schedule to reach a given location.

    AT&T FamilyMap can only be established for phones on a single shared billing account, with the account owner overseeing all privacy preferences.

    Article Link: AT&T Rolls Out FamilyMap iPhone Application
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Can't the be accomplished through "where's my iphone?"
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    You can't use that feature via an iPhone.

    Oh, and it requires a Mobile me account as well.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Seems like a nice and useful idea, but not worth the extra money on top of my already-expensive plan. This would be a nice app to have built into the iPhone, with the fees included in the monthly plan. Can you imagine the families that would jump on board for this, with parents being able to keep track of their children?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    Att are ******* for charging for this. I am all for capitalism, but this is just crap. This simple feature adds another layer of safety for parents looking out for their children. The number of people who actually use it, the small revenue stream it generates,a nod the fact that we already pay for unlimited data and have gps units on our phones means that there is no reason, no justifiable reason for this extra charge to be had.

    **** you ATT. I can't wait for other carriers to get the iPhone.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
  8. macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    NO KIDDING! Even if the other carrier sucks more, I can't wait to switch. But how 'could' it suck more?
  9. macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    Similar for MobileMe?

    I would love a feature like this for MobileMe. In fact, any API for the "find my iphone" feature would be cool, to have background location tracking.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    You can just use Loopt, for free. Way to go AT&T, charging for what I can get elsewhere for free.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2009
    Actually a useful app IMO and does not require MobileMe to work

    IMO this is very useful if you have young kids various ages attending different activities all over the city at different times. I can see some folks maybe having an issue with the pricing for it. However, it is certainly helpful if your child happens to cut school on a given day, go somewhere where they are forbidden to go or worse get abducted. It does not require MobileMe like the "Find my phone feature on the iphone" This service uses the built in GPS chip in the handsets or if no GPS is present, it uses the cell towers. This has been around for a couple of years. In the past you would be able to interact with the service via a web browser. Only difference now is that you can also interact with the service via an iphone APP.
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    This takes helicopter parenting to a whole new level
  13. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    The service has been around forever and can track every single phone type (not just iPhones or even GPS-enabled ones). The only new thing that's happened is you can SEE that map from your iPhone now. It had previously required a computer.
  14. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I think it would have been smarter for AT&T to make this a free feature and advertise the hell out of it on TV. Right now they're pushing browsing the web and talking on the phone at the same time, who cares?

    My guess is families would switch from Verizon or Sprint for this feature without a second thought.

    PUSH IT, AT&T! Make it the killer feature it should be!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2007
    as a parent of one teenage son and one nearly there, I could see a use for this. But for $10 per month? ridiculous. I think my cell bill is over $160/month as it is!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    There we go- hey ATT- how about figuring out some actual P.R.???
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Actually anyone who can afford to pay for their kids to have iphones can probably shell out a bit more to have this feature.
  18. macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Indeed. I can see kids resenting this and switching their phones off. Or even worse, leaving them at their friend's house while they go off and explore the big bad world. Then if they do get in trouble, they haven't got a phone handy.

    Dumb idea because... kids are smart. (well, mine are - but then isn't that what all parents say?)
  19. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    If they want to make money, they should give it away free, then charge for an antidote that lets you disguise your true location. Naughty kids, sneaky spouses, and maybe even some mischievous parents would snap it up!
  20. macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I agree--talk about nickel and dime to death--that seems to be all we get from service providers.
  22. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Verizon for example, would cost more per plan if they have it their way. Plus, they would give you less for your money. Less features (like 3G internet and phone at same time) and for sure they'd charge $20/month for this instead of $10.

    But they have great coverage. ATT works great in ATL, so I have great coverage, speed, etc. Pretty much the standard here. Verizon is no better. Oh, but their 3G is slower and they cost more.

    Yeah, well kids have tried that. The answer is basically, if you don't answer your phone in x minutes, you're grounded. And get a mobileme acct instead of this crap and double check they're where they say when they say it.
  23. macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    I suppose that you need to have to app running to use GPS, making it more or less worthless since background execution is not allowed.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    MobileMe should do this...

    I'd like to see Apple provide this through the MobileMe Family Pack and the Where's My iPhone feature.

    BTW, if you download one of the browsers from the AppStore - like Perfect Browser - you *can* access and do a Where's My iPhone - I have done this to keep tabs on my kids.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2005
    Why don't we just implant our kids with tracking devices? Why stop at the kids? Perhaps the state should implant all of us! It amazes me to see people embrace ideas like this with absolutely no concern for the long-term ramifications. I guess "privacy" and "individuality" are outdated concepts in the tech slave age. Today, FamilyMap. Tomorrow, well, I shudder to think.

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